Within Surrey there are approximately 115,000 people who look after family, partners or friends in need of help because they are ill, frail or have a disability. 20,000 of these unpaid carers come from a BAME communitiesbackground.
On Wednesday 15th November a Carers engagement event took place at Parkview Community Centre in Sheerwater to benefit members of the Surrey Muslim Community in Surrey. The event which was a joint initiative between Action for Carers Surrey, Woking Borough Council, Surrey NHS CCGs, Surrey County Council , Carers and the Surrey Muslim Association. had an audience of oOver ninety people attendeding. Topics discussed included Attendees heard about the Islamic perspective of caring and, the importance of seeking support from carer’s services. In addition, there and a carer shared their heart touching carers experience of caring who cared for her two disabled sisters from the age of 14.
Jamie Gault, Chief Executive Officer of Action for Carers Surrey said "Action for Carers has great pleasure in working in partnership with the Surrey Muslim Association to promote carer awareness across the County – the key objective of the day is to bring members of the Muslim community together and engage with their carers. With over 24,000 Muslims living in Surrey, there are potentially circa 3,000 carers within this Surrey’s Muslim community"
Debbie Hustings, Partnership Manager (Carers) for the NHS said ‘Wwe have organised this event so we can better serve this part of the community. We need to carefully look at how we develop our services in order to provide information, advice and support to our Muslim community’.
Hafiz Hashmi, Head Imam at Shah Jahan Mosque, Woking said, ‘Tthere is a great need to create awareness of the support services available to the community and at the same time, to educate the professionals about the religious and cultural requirements of the Muslim community so that they can work together; this event was a great step towards achieving this level of understanding and I hope it will continue in the future ’.
The event was closed by the Mayor of Woking, Councillor Graham Cundy, followed by a hot lunch and an opportunity for the attendees to visit the stalls for further information about support services.